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Population in 2012: 533 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -17.0%
 

Males: 247  (46.4%)
Females: 286  (53.6%)

Median resident age:  48.4 years
Iowa median age:  44.4 years

Zip codes: 50590.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $39,997 (it was $28,250 in 2000)
Swea City:

$39,997
IA:

$50,957
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $20,567

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Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $41,587 (it was $30,500 in 2000)
Swea City:

$41,587
IA:

$126,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $47,934; Detached houses: $47,188; In 2-unit structures: $24,830; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $107,123; Mobile homes: $24,830

Median gross rent in 2012: $388.

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  • White alone - 528 (98.5%)
  • Black alone - 4 (0.7%)
  • Hispanic - 3 (0.6%)
  • Two or more races - 1 (0.2%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Swea City: 82.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (33.2%), English (9.5%), Irish (8.0%), Swedish (6.0%), Norwegian (5.6%), French (4.9%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 05/7/1895

Elevation: 1181 feet

Land area: 0.74 square miles.

Population density: 724 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

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For population 25 years and over in Swea City:

  • High school or higher: 93.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 13.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.0%
  • Unemployed: 2.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Swea City city:

  • Never married: 22.6%
  • Now married: 53.5%
  • Separated: 2.6%
  • Widowed: 7.1%
  • Divorced: 14.3%

16 residents are foreign born

This city:  2.6%
Iowa:  3.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $594 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $391 (1.3%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Ames, IA (99.9 miles , pop. 50,731).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (120.9 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (353.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Bancroft, IA (2.8 miles ), Ledyard, IA (2.8 miles) , Armstrong, IA (2.9 miles ), Lakota, IA (3.3 miles ), Lone Rock, IA (3.4 miles) , Ringsted, IA (3.4 miles ), Fenton, IA (3.6 miles ), Burt, IA (3.7 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 0 buildings
  • 1998: 0 buildings
  • 1999: 0 buildings
  • 2000: 0 buildings
  • 2001: 0 buildings
  • 2002: 1 building, cost: $100,000
  • 2003: 0 buildings
  • 2004: 0 buildings
  • 2005: 0 buildings
  • 2006: 0 buildings
  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $120,000
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings
  • 2010: 0 buildings
  • 2011: 0 buildings
  • 2012: 0 buildings

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Latitude: 43.38 N, Longitude: 94.31 W

Area code: 515

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.3%
Iowa:

4.7%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +10 (+1.6%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (32%)
  • Other services, except public administration (21%)
  • Construction (15%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Retail trade (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (3%)
  • Health care and social assistance (49%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Manufacturing (12%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (7%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (3%)
  • Other services, except public administration (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (12%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Operations specialties managers except financial managers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Cashiers (6%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)

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Tornado activity:

Swea City-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 155% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/29/1964, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 21.9 miles away from the Swea City city center injured 2 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 6/28/1979, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 9.7 miles away from the city center killed 2 people and injured 34 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Kossuth County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 4, Tornadoes: 2, Wind: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Swea City:

  • HERITAGE NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; BANCROFT, IA)
  • WEST HOME EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES INC (Hospital, about 14 miles away; BURT, IA)

Political contributions by individuals in Swea City, IA

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Swea City:

  • Minnesota State University-Mankato (about 55 miles; Mankato, MN; Full-time enrollment: 12,138)
  • South Central College (about 57 miles; North Mankato, MN; FT enrollment: 2,118)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 63 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 3,064)
  • Gustavus Adolphus College (about 68 miles; Saint Peter, MN; FT enrollment: 2,501)
  • Buena Vista University (about 69 miles; Storm Lake, IA; FT enrollment: 2,241)
  • St. Olaf College (about 94 miles; Northfield, MN; FT enrollment: 3,028)
  • Iowa State University (about 100 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 24,738)

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Public elementary/middle school in Swea City:

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Library in Swea City:

  • SWEA CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $23,394; Location: 208 3RD ST NORTH; 13,787 books; 135 audio materials; 720 video materials; 1 local licensed databases; 13 state licensed databases; 39 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Swea City: Swea City (A), Farmers Co-op Elevator (B), Swea City Ambulance (C), Swea City City Hall (D), Swea City Volunteer Fire Department (E), Swea City Police Department (F), Swea City Public Library (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Swea City include: United Methodist Church (A), First Baptist Church (B), Immanuel Lutheran Church (C), Our Saviour Lutheran Church (D), Open Bible Church (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

 
Kossuth County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 12.3%
(12.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.1 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  57.0%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  6.2%
Whole state:  6.7%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Swea City, IA

Swea City compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house above state average.
  • House age above state average.


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Banks with branches in Swea City (2011 data):

  • Bank Plus: Swea City Branch at 322 3rd Street, branch established on 1997/01/15. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $82.0 mil, Deposits: $63.4 mil, headquarters in Estherville, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Swea City Bancorporation, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


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Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (47%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (23%)
  • Electricity (18%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (9%)
  • No fuel used (2%)
  • Wood (1%)

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Religion statistics for Swea City city (based on Kossuth County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 82.31%
Here82.3%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchLutheran ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents41.7%17.8%13.8%12.9%5.0%
Congregations16.7%16.7%21.4%9.5%11.9%
NamePresbyterian Church in AmericaReformed Church in AmericaUnited Church of ChristBaptist General ConferenceOther
Adherents1.8%1.7%1.4%0.9%3.0%
Congregations2.4%2.4%2.4%2.4%14.3%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 8
Kossuth County:

5.13 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

0.64 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 13
Kossuth County:

8.34 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 19
This county:

12.19 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Kossuth County:

8.4%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Kossuth County:

26.9%
State:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.4%
State:

14.5%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 1$3,072$36,8640$0
Police Protection - Officers 1$3,750$45,0000$0
Police - Other 0$0 1$184
Streets and Highways 1$4,745$56,9400$0
Solid Waste Management 0$0 4$621
Local Libraries 0$0 4$1,445
Totals for Government 3$11,567$46,2689$2,250

Swea City government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $80,000 ($150.09)
    Water Utilities: $68,000 ($127.58)
    Parks & Recreation: $49,000 ($91.93)
    Police Protection: $43,000 ($80.68)
    Sewerage: $33,000 ($61.91)
    Solid Waste Management: $28,000 ($52.53)
    General - Other: $22,000 ($41.28)
    Libraries: $21,000 ($39.40)
    Fire Protection: $21,000 ($39.40)
    Health Services - Other: $18,000 ($33.77)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $16,000 ($30.02)
    Financial Administration: $14,000 ($26.27)
    Central Staff Services: $4,000 ($7.50)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $9,000 ($16.89)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $105,000 ($197.00)
    Central Staff: $36,000 ($67.54)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $132,000 ($247.65)

Swea City government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $41,000 ($76.92)
    All Other: $38,000 ($71.29)
    Solid Waste Management: $31,000 ($58.16)
    Parks & Recreation: $12,000 ($22.51)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $32,000 ($60.04)
    Health & Hospitals: $2,000 ($3.75)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $28,000 ($52.53)
    Interest Earnings: $10,000 ($18.76)
    Rents: $2,000 ($3.75)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $62,000 ($116.32)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $51,000 ($95.68)
    General Support: $14,000 ($26.27)
    All Other: $4,000 ($7.50)
  • Tax - Property: $135,000 ($253.28)
    Total General Sales: $48,000 ($90.06)
    NEC: $1,000 ($1.88)

Swea City government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $153,000 ($287.05)
  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Other NEC: $95,000 ($178.24)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $169,000 ($317.07)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $47,000 ($88.18)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $32,000 ($60.04)

Swea City government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $388,000 ($727.95)

4.03% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($34,663 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.03%
Iowa average:

6.30%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Winnebago County, IA  0.21% ($23,538 average AGI)
from Hancock County, IA  0.19% ($28,083)
from Emmet County, IA  0.17% ($30,909)


6.01% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($28,563 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.01%
Iowa average:

6.47%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Polk County, IA  0.56% ($28,306 average AGI)
to Story County, IA  0.31% ($28,600)
to Humboldt County, IA  0.26% ($30,647)

Strongest AM radio stations in Swea City:

  • KLGA (1600 AM; 5 kW; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KKOJ (1190 AM; 5 kW; JACKSON, MN; Owner: KLEVEN BROADCASTING CO. OF MINN.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KSUM (1370 AM; 1 kW; FAIRMONT, MN; Owner: WOODWARD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KTIS (900 AM; 25 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KBEW (1560 AM; daytime; 1 kW; BLUE EARTH, MN)

Strongest FM radio stations in Swea City:

  • KTPR (91.1 FM; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
  • KJLY (104.5 FM; BLUE EARTH, MN; Owner: MINN-IOWA CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING,INC)
  • KFMC-FM (106.5 FM; FAIRMONT, MN; Owner: WOODWARD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KLGA-FM (92.7 FM; ALGONA, IA; Owner: WMMP, LLC)
  • KBEW-FM (98.1 FM; BLUE EARTH, MN; Owner: KBEW, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Swea City:

  • KTIN (Channel 21; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KEYC-TV (Channel 12; MANKATO, MN; Owner: UNITED COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • K60FY (Channel 60; FROST, MN; Owner: BLUE EARTH - NICOLLET - FARIBAULT COOP. ELEC. ASSOC.)
  • K14KD (Channel 14; FROST, MN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION)
  • K27FI (Channel 27; FROST, MN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL ELECTRIC ASSN.)
  • K31EF (Channel 31; FROST, MN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL ELECTRIC ASSN.)
  • K36FI (Channel 36; FROST, MN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION)
  • K58FC (Channel 58; FROST, MN; Owner: BLUE EARTH - NICOLLET - FARIBAULT COOP. ELEC. ASSOC.)
  • K62FH (Channel 62; FROST, MN; Owner: BLUE EARTH - NICOLLET - FARIBAULT COOP. ELEC. ASSOC.)
  • K65FW (Channel 65; FROST, MN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL ELECTRIC ASSN.)


FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

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  • Call Sign: KC0PMK, Licensee ID: L00660039
    Grant Date: 03/25/2003, Expiration Date: 03/25/2013, Certifier: Keith C Hinrichsen
    Registrant: Keith C Hinrichsen, Swea City, IA 50590


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 6


Most common first names in Swea City, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John1480.4 years
Harold1270.7 years
George1082.1 years
William983.9 years
Walter883.8 years
Marie785.1 years
Fred677.0 years
Richard671.5 years
Raymond679.8 years
Mary583.6 years
Most common last names in Swea City, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Peterson2478.9 years
Johnson1979.4 years
Anderson1576.0 years
Thompson1183.6 years
Swanson884.4 years
Pearson786.6 years
Mino780.4 years
Bishop580.6 years
Blair579.4 years
Kockler577.2 years

Swea City on our top lists:

  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Nonmetallic mineral products"
  • #54 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest temperature differences during a year"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Architecture and engineering occupations:"
  • #91 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers"
  • #96 (50590) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of taxpayers using paid preparers for 2004 taxes (pop 1,000+)"
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